Category Archives: Critiquing & Critiques

Weathering Reviews and Taking Criticism

As a kid, I read a ton (a TON) of horse stories. It’s a genre that I don’t believe will ever go out of style, so I’m happy to have Jennifer Lyne here to post at The Bookshelf Muse. Her new … Continue reading

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Using a Critique Checklist, or, How Not to Look Like a Twit

When writers ask me for advice, the first thing I emphasize is the importance of finding a critique group or partners. These support systems are invaluable for adding the objectivity we lack and helping us see where our work needs … Continue reading

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Margie Lawson Extravaganza (Part 2!)

When I found out the awesome and talented Melinda Collins was headed off to Colorado to attend  Margie Lawson’s Immersion Master Class, I absolutely had to convince her to swing by and tell us about the experience afterward. Of course, … Continue reading

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Random Acts of Kindness Day 3: Win even MORE!

WOOT! Day three of celebrating Random Acts of Kindness in the writing community! As I mentioned yesterday, the Industry is showing their own RAOK spirit and appreciation for writers by offering some amazing RAOK gifts for you to win. Yesterday, … Continue reading

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Face-to-Face Writing Groups

I tried a face-to-face writing group once. It consisted of a couple of very talented poets, an aspiring journalist, and a nice lady who was working on a family cookbook. All lovely people, but none of them seeking publication for … Continue reading

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Time to Leave Your Critique Group?

In past posts, we’ve looked at the right time to join a critique group, how to evaluate feedback and accept criticism, as well as what makes a critique group work. Sometimes though, a moment comes where a writer begins to … Continue reading

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To Nano, or Not…Part Two

After waffling back and forth, I’m deciding not to participate in Nano this year. I’m sad, because I really wanted to, but I know the best thing for me right now is to stay on track with Merlin’s Bookshelf, getting … Continue reading

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Evaluating Critique Feedback

So, you’ve mastered your anxiety and have placed your manuscript into the crittery waters of a new critique group. You wait, compulsively checking your inbox for the feedback to roll in. You’re excited, but a little scared, too. Will they … Continue reading

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Critiquing 101: Accepting Criticism

Awhile back, I posted about when it might be time to find a critique group. Today I thought I’d take a look at a few things that will help you once you’ve decided to take the plunge. Making the decision … Continue reading

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The Right Time for a Critique Group

The Internet is a wonderful thing. Anything is possible–you can buy houses, visit countries and cultures, gossip about Lindsay Lohan’s rehab sentence or Paris’ shrinking inheritance, find other writers to share the highs and lows with. Looking back, I don’t … Continue reading

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